Program Overview

The Associate in Arts Degree in Natural History allows students to include electives into their curriculum in order to personalize and customize their educational experience. Electives can be used to emphasize specific academic areas, which may be transferred into a bachelor’s degree program. Graduates who complete this program may use their credits to transfer into a bachelor’s program at a four-year institution or directly enter the workforce. Career paths may be chosen in areas such as wildlife management, fisheries, forestry, natural and history museums, to name a few. Students who decide to transfer their credits may enter into areas of aquatic biology, zoology, botany, or environmental biology in their baccalaureate degree program. This online learning program provides convenience for students who have obligations outside of the degree.

Communication is an essential skills for graduates to possess while working in career fields or when advancing their education. The natural history core curriculum explores subjects in natural science, biology, evolution, adaptation, biodiversity, ecology, and geography. Plant and animal diversity are other key elements of the curriculum. All information that is included in the program provides students with expert knowledge of the natural history of the world. Upon completion of the program, graduates should have gained a unique set of information and skills that may be applied while employed in various natural history settings. Enrolled students will receive a wide breadth of foundational knowledge that may be utilized when deciding to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

    School Overview

    Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities, student support services and incredible location. 

    Many of SBCC's programs are offered fully online through the distance education.


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